Quotes by: William E. Gladstone

The Right Honourable
William Ewart Gladstone
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
15 August 1892 – 2 March 1894
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by The Marquess of Salisbury
Succeeded by The Earl of Rosebery
In office
1 February 1886 – 20 July 1886
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by The Marquess of Salisbury
Succeeded by The Marquess of Salisbury
In office
23 April 1880 – 9 June 1885
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield
Succeeded by The Marquess of Salisbury
In office
3 December 1868 – 17 February 1874
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by Benjamin Disraeli
Succeeded by Benjamin Disraeli
Personal details
Born (1809-12-29)29 December 1809
62 Rodney Street, Liverpool, UK
Died 19 May 1898(1898-05-19) (aged 88)
Hawarden Castle, Wales
Nationality British
Political party
Tory (1828–34) Conservative (1834–46) Peelite (1846–59) Liberal (1859–98)
Spouse(s) Catherine Glynne (m. 1839)
Children William, Agnes, Stephen, Catherine, Mary, Helen, Henry, Herbert
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic.
William E. Gladstone
There should be a sympathy with freedom, a desire to give it scope, founded not upon visionary ideas, but upon the long experience of many generations within the shores of this happy isle, that in freedom you lay the firmest foundations both of loyalty and order.
William E. Gladstone
Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous, commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the successful writers of prose, those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions.
William E. Gladstone
Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God, as can be your own.
William E. Gladstone
Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness.
William E. Gladstone
We are bound to lose Ireland in consequence of years of cruelty, stupidity and misgovernment and I would rather lose her as a friend than as a foe.
William E. Gladstone
It is the duty of government to make it difficult for people to do wrong, easy to do right.
William E. Gladstone
Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.
William E. Gladstone
The disease of an evil conscience is beyond the practice of all the physicians of all the countries in the would.
William E. Gladstone
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.
William E. Gladstone

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